Gore Vidal remembering Italo Calvino: “He was the only great writer of my time.”

Novelist, essayist, and man of letters Gore Vidal has been credited with bringing an American audience to Italo Calvino, who became a close friend. No one could be snootier than the controversial Vidal, so it’s especially impressive and moving to watch him drop to one knee to do homage to the man he addressed as “Maestro.”


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